Sustainability design in requirements engineering: State of practice

Ruzanna Chitchyan, Christoph Becker, Stefanie Betz, Leticia Duboc, Birgit Penzenstadler, Norbert Seyff, Colin C. Venters

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Sustainability is now a major concern in society, but there is little understanding of how it is perceived by software engineering professionals and how sustainability design can become an embedded part of software engineering process. This paper presents the results of a qualitative study exploring requirements engineering practitioners' perceptions and attitudes towards sustainability. It identifies obstacles and mitigation strategies regarding the application of sustainability design principles in daily work life. The results of this study reveal several factors that can prevent sustainability design from becoming a first class citizen in software engineering: software practitioners tend to have a narrow understanding of the concept of sustainability; organizations show limited awareness of its potential opportunities and benefits; and the norms in the discipline are not conducive to sustainable outcomes. These findings suggest the need for focused efforts in sustainability education, but also a need to rethink professional norms and practices.

Idioma originalAnglès
Títol de la publicacióProceedings - 5th International Workshop on Green and Sustainable Software, GREENS 2016
EditorIEEE Computer Society
Nombre de pàgines10
ISBN (electrònic)9781450341615, 9781450342056
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - 14 de maig 2016
Publicat externament
Esdeveniment2016 IEEE/ACM 38th IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2016 - Austin, United States
Durada: 14 de maig 201622 de maig 2016

Sèrie de publicacions

NomProceedings - International Conference on Software Engineering
ISSN (imprès)0270-5257


Conferència2016 IEEE/ACM 38th IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering, ICSE 2016
País/TerritoriUnited States


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